Dinosaur Beach Volleyball tourney wraps up

NAWILIWILI — The Budweisers came out early Sunday for Cliff Monson and Mikey Thornton, both of Kauai’s North Shore.

“We’re done,” Monson said. “We lost, 15-13, to Randy Meador of Texas and Tal Shavit of San Diego, California. If we had won, I wouldn’t be doing this — the Buds are coming out early.”

Monson and Thornton were involved in the semifinals of the men’s division, 1-loss teams, the winner advancing on to the finals later in the afternoon.

“This was a little too exciting for me,” Meador said. “But we’ll take the win.”

The Dinosaur Beach Volleyball tournament opened Friday with matches in the men’s and women’s doubles division at Kalapaki Beach.

“There are a lot of good teams here,” said Fonz Nartatez, who teamed with his son Kanoa, a Kapaa High School graduate, before being eliminated Saturday. “This tournament is growing. There are ex-champions and we keep getting stronger teams each year.”

Monson said they finished second, twice in the tournament.

“I’m the oldest guy playing in this year’s tournament,” Monson said. “I’m so tired, my toes are starting to cramp. You need stamina. At least we can say we came in second place, twice — once four years ago, and the other time six years ago.”

Monson said a lot of the teams, including the Meador/Shavit team, are active in AAA California clubs.

“This is a good tournament,” Monson said. “It gives us a good workout.”

Final results of the tournament were not available at press time.

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